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Unread 01-03-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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my new daily driver

Here's my new vehicle, I need to do a lot of work but it runs and drives. This is my first YJ, I own 7 CJs so I am not new to Jeeps, but I am open to any and all advice and tips. It's a 4 cylinder with a 5 speed, I want to return to the stock tire size as I will be driving it everyday to work and it is a 4 banger. I am going to remove the clutch fan and install a taurus fan, as I have seen posted on a thread here



Here's a list of what I know needs to be done, and what needs to be repaired/replaced.

215/75R15 and some stock steelies
oil sender unit
fuel leak near tank, only when running
stuck in 4wd
top spreader bar on driver side broken
spare 215 tire
horn not working
too many lights, need to remove some
wiring is a nightmare, due to lights
exhaust clamps missing at muffler
steering column lower bearing shot
steering box has play (manual)
front axle u-joint
driver floor pan hole
windshield is cracked
antenna is broken
alternator belt is dry rotted
driver door upper hinge is bad and door droops

most of these are simple fixes, so I should be driving this soon, now if the temps would rise a bit...

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Unread 01-03-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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add check frame for rot and repair as needed
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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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add check frame for rot and repair as needed
yeah, there has been a lot of repair patches welded to it, it is very solid, not very pretty but very solid
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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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if they didnt cut the old rusty crap out the repair patches wont last too long.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:16 PM   #5
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Looks like a great project. I just finished my one year build and enjoyed every minute of it. Lots to do and plent of info here. Congrats on a great find.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:16 PM   #6
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Looks like you've got your work cut out for you!
Funny looking bumper you've got there.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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yeah, that's another thing, the front bumper, somewhere along the way someone welded rear bumperettes to the front bumper, gotta cut them off
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Unread 01-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
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Worked on this all day today, taking advantage of the above freezing temperature. I changed the tires and wheels, nothing fancy, just something I had around, they are 235s but I think the wheels look a lot better than the cherokee limited ones, plus they're offset 2 inches. I dropped the fuel tank trying to repair the fuel leak, seemed like it was the sender unit but it turned out being a pinhole on the pressure hose right above the tank, note so self, tank is heavy, even if it's only 1/4 full, next time get help! Then I cut off the bumperettes that the PO welded to the front bumper and spraypainted the bumper with some black, I turned the driving lights so they are pointing straight ahead but I can see that I will need to move them either closer together or farther apart, right now they are directly in front of the turn signal lights, maybe I will just take them off altogether. I replaced the alternator belt which was chunking and then ran it for a little bit to check things out. Now I need to replace the driver side taillight. I thought it had a bad bulb when I was checking the lights but it turns out the bulb socket is rotted off and was just sitting inside the housing. I checked underneath and the floors are solid with the exception of the driver front, there is a piece of sheet metal just placed there, I will need to replace this pan in the spring. I removed the spare, as there is no jack under the hood, I may unbolt the bracket from the tailgate, I think I can manage without a spare. Here are some pics



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Unread 01-07-2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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Nice little fixer-upper. Maybe flush the cooling system since it gets so cold up there.
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Unread 01-08-2013, 04:44 PM   #10
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well I got up under the transmission with a can of panther piss today thinking I wiould find the Xfer case shifter all rusted up and I ended up figuring out how the shifter works, turns out there is a detent going from 4hi to 2hi, I have to pull the shifter toward me then push forward, I didn't know this. On the CJs there are no gates, it's just straight forward and back. COOL I got something accomplished, oh yeah, I also removed the driver taillight, had to chisel off the bolts, then it got dark, tomorrow I will install a new light. I snapped some pics of shifter and floor pan while I was under there



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Unread 01-09-2013, 05:22 PM   #11
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So I replaced the taillight today and fixed some vacuum lines, decided to see if I could get some of the dull off the hood and it turned out pretty damn good. All the lights work now, the 4WD indicator is lit on the dash but I am in 2wd, I need to find out if I can drive it as is or if it will damage anything, I think I am also going to get rid of those silly side steps

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Unread 01-09-2013, 05:28 PM   #12
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Wow the hood looks alot better what did you use to get the shine back?
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Unread 01-09-2013, 05:38 PM   #13
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just some old school "Turtle wax" polishing compound
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Unread 01-13-2013, 03:34 PM   #14
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I drove this around for first time today, didn't go far mainly cause I didnt have to go anywhere plus I didn't plan on going far just in case, it drives good, steering is a bit lose, I know the steering box has some play and I will need to change it out just can't do it right now, it doesn't wander or anything, but when I turn the wheel there is a bit of turning before the jeep turns. It's a manual steering box so if any of you have one you would like to part with please let me know, I acquired a power steering setup that I was going to install but I am not sure what effect it will have on engine performance, I don't want to sacrifice the little horsepower this 2.5 has, at least not until I do my electric fan swap. I was looking around the engine today and realized I cannot do the 4.0 Throttle Body swap as I had planned being my engine is TBI not MPFI. Bummer! I took off the bumper lights, rotated the rear bumperettes and fixed them so they sit level instead of tilted and I also removed the step on the passenger side (all but one bolt broke), I have not done the driver side yet, will get it off tomorrow and then post some pics.
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Unread 01-14-2013, 03:48 PM   #15
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Removed driver side step today, washed it and buffed out the oxidized paint, driving it to work in the morning for first time, and I need to get it inspected. I have some surface rust that I will need to coat soon so it doesnt spread, here are some pics


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